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Chris was often interviewed for radio and, with producer David Mulhullen, made a special program for the ABC of the songs of Henry Lawson.

Listen to Jan Nary's 2002 interview with Chris and Alex Hood edited together with songs for radio by Jan in 2004 as a radio tribute to Chris.

1. Bluey Brink (Alex Hood) [play or ]
2. Chris and Alex (1) [play or ]
3. Chris and Alex (2) [play or ]
4. Waltzing Matilda (Alex Hood) [play or ]
5. Ready River (Martyn Wyndham-Read) [play or ]

Listen to Jan Nary's 2004 radio tribute to Chris.

Chris Kempster Radio Tribute [play or ]


Over a period of 53 years Chris Kempster was in many groups and bands and appeared on many recordings from the old bakelite 78s to the latest CDs.

Group Title Label Format Year
The Bushwhackers Black Velvet Band Wattle 78 1956
  Botany Bay Wattle 78 1956
  The Bullockies’ Ball Wattle 78 1956
  The Old Bullock Dray Wattle 78 1956
  Travelling Down The Castlereagh Wattle 78 1956
  Drover's Dream Wattle 78 1957
  Drover’s Dream Wattle 45 1957
  Australian Bush Songs Wattle ep 1957
  Nine Miles from Gundagai Wattle ep 1957
The Rambleers The Shearer’s Dream Wattle 78 1958
  The Old Bark Hut Wattle lp 1958
  Waltzing Matilda Wattle ep 1958
Various Artists Terry & Frankie: A Folk Ballad Rock Opera Festival lp 1974
Various Artists Workers in the Field custom lp 1984
Various Artists Union Is Strength CFMEU cd 1996
The Rambleers The Rambleers NL cd 2002
Various Artists With These Arms MUA001 cd 2003
Various Artists The Songs of Chris Kempster CKP041 cd x 2 2006


Songs of Our Times, Sydney University Folk Music Society, 1964
A slice of the political, contemporary and folk songs being sung in the folk venues around Australia in the early sixties.

The Songs of Henry Lawson, Viking O'Neil, 1989
A classic resource and reference book. Over 100 Lawson poems set music by dozens of musicians. Introduction by Manning Clark

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